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Title 255--LOCAL RULES

CLEARFIELD COUNTY

Local Rules of Civil Procedure; 05-08-MD

[35 Pa.B. 2618]

Order

   Now, this 13th day of April, 2005, Clearfield County Rules of Civil Procedure are hereby revised, reorganized, and/or renumbered as follows:

   1.  The following Clearfield County Rules of Civil Procedure are hereby rescinded: 206, 207, 210, 211, 233, and 251 (all of which were Adopted April 13, 1987, effective June 15, 1987, amended November 9, 1994, effective June 1, 1995), and 208.3(b) (adopted December 16, 2004, effective February 7, 2005).

   2.  The following Clearfield County Rules of Civil Procedure are hereby reorganized and renumbered as follows:

   Note:  The text of the rules are unchanged unless as provided herein.

[Rule 205.2(a)]
Rule 205.2(a)
Filing Legal Papers with the Prothonotary
[Rule 205.4(a)]
Rule 205.2(a)(6)
Filing Legal Papers with the Prothonotary
[Rule 205.4(b)]
Rule 205.2(a)(7)
Filing Legal Papers with the Prothonotary
[Rule 206.1]
Rule 206.1(a)
Petition. Content. Form.
[Rule 206.4]
Rule 206.4(c)(1)
Procedure on Rule to Show Cause
[Rule 206.6]
Rule 206.4(c)(2), (3)
Procedure on Rule to Show Cause
Rule 206.4(c)(4)

   The procedure for a petitioner's request for a stay of execution pending disposition of a petition to open a default judgment shall be as follows:

   (A)  Petitioner shall submit a petition to stay execution in addition to the petition to open a default judgment which shall set forth the reasons for seeking the stay, which shall include a description of the real and personal property being affected by the judgment.

   (B)  The Court shall enter such order as it considers appropriate as to the petition for stay at the time it enters the rule for an answer on the petition to open the default judgment, unless the exigency of the circumstances require the Court to act immediately to preserve the status quo.

   (C)  The Court shall require the petitioner to file a bond in such amount as it deems necessary to protect the rights of the judgment holder during the proceedings of the petition to open the default judgment.

   (D)  The Court may hold a hearing or status conference to determine the merits of the petition requesting a stay at the request of either the petitioner or the holder of the judgment which is the subject of the petition to open.

   (E)  In those cases where the petitioner requests a stay of execution pending disposition of a petition to open a default judgment, the stay shall be determined under the requirements of Pa.R.C.P. 3121.

Rule 206.4(c)(6) Procedure on Rule to Show Cause
Rule 206.4(c)(7) Procedure on Rule to Show Cause
Rule 206.6(g)] Rule 206.4(c)(5) Procedure on Rule to Show Cause

   The moving party shall serve the petition on the respondent or his attorney in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. 440, except where the petition is original process where service shall be made under Pa.R.C.P. 400--405. After service, the moving party shall file a certificate of service within five (5) days of the service of the petition and order showing how the petition was served, and if by mail, the address of the respondent or his attorney to which the petition was directed.

[Rule 206.7(c)(a)(1)] Rule 206.4(c)(6) Procedure on Rule to Show Cause
[Rule 206.7(c)(1)] Rule 206.4(c)(7) Procedure on Rule to Show Cause
[Rule 208.2(a), (b)] Rule 208.3(a)(1) Motions
[Rule 208.2(c)]
Rule 208.2(c)
Authority for Motions
[Rule 208.2(d)]
Rule 208.2(d)
Certification as to Motions Generally
[Rule 208.2(e)]
Rule 208.2(e)
Certification as to Motions Regarding Discovery
[Rule 208.2(f),(g)] Rule 208.3(b)(1), (2), and (3) Procedure as to Deposition of Motion
[Rule 208.4(a)]
Rule 208.3(b)(4)
Procedure as to Disposition of Motion
[Rule 208.4(b)]
Rule 208.3(b)(5)
Procedure as to Disposition of Motion
[Rule 208.4(c)]
Rule 208.3(b)(6)
Procedure as to Disposition of Motion
[Rule 208.4(d)]
Rule 208.3(b)(7)
Procedure as to Disposition of Motion
[Rule 208.4(e)]
Rule 208.3(b)(8)
Procedure as to Disposition of Motion

   The party obtaining the issuance of a rule to show cause shall forthwith serve a true and correct copy of the Court order entering the rule along with a copy of the underlying motion, upon each attorney of record and pro se parties in the manner prescribed by Pa.R.C.P. 440, except where the motion is original process where service shall be made under Pa.R.C.P. 400--405. An affidavit of service shall be filed within five (5) days from the date of the service of the motion and the order setting the rule with the prothonotary.

[Rule 210] Rule 210 Submsissions and Form of Briefs
[Rule 211] Rule 211 Briefing Schedule
[Rule 1028]
Rule 1028(c)
Preliminary Objections
[Rule 1034]
Rule 1034(a)
Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings
[Rule 1035.2]
Rule 1035.2(a)
Motion for Summary Judgment

   In accordance with Pa.R.C.P. No. 239, the Court Administrator of Clearfield County shall transmit certified copies of this order and the foregoing Local Rules as follows:

   A.  Seven (7) certified copies with the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts;

   B.  Two (2) certified copies and a diskette containing the rules to the Legislative Reference Bureau for publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin;

   C.  One (1) certified copy to the Civil Procedural Rules Committee of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court;

   D.  One (1) copy in the office of the Prothonotary of Clearfield County to be kept continuously available for public inspection and copying. In addition, one (1) copy shall be delivered to the Clearfield County Law Library.

   In addition, the Court Administrator of Clearfield County shall cause

   A.  Rule 211 to be published on the Clearfield County website.

   B.  Rules 205.2(a), 206.1(a), 206.4(c), 208.2(c), 208.2(d), 208.2(e), 208.3(a), 208.3(b), 210, 1028(c), 1034(a), and 1035.2(a) to be published on the website of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (http://ujsportal.pacourts.us) and on the Clearfield County website.

   The following local rules shall be effective as follows:

   A.  Rule 211 shall be effective thirty (30) days after publication in the Pennsylvania Bulletin.

   B.  Rules 205.2(a), 206.1(a), 206.4(c), 208.2(c), 208.2(d), 208.2(e), 208.3(a), 208.3(b), 210, 1028(c), 1034(a), and 1035.2(a) shall be effective upon publication on the website of the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (http://ujsportal.pacourts.us).

By the Court

FREDRIC J. AMMERMAN,   
President Judge

Local Rule 205.2(a)--Filing Legal Papers with the Prothonotary.

   (1)  No pleading or other legal paper that complies with the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure shall be refused for filing by the prothonotary based on a requirement of a local rule of civil procedure or judicial administration, including Local Rules 205.2(a) and 205.2(b). All documents filed in any office of the Court shall be endorsed with the day and exact time of filing, which endorsement, in the absence of fraud, accident or mistake shall be conclusive evidence of such date and time of filing.

   (2)  No pleading, papers, affidavits or other documents may be filed in any office of the Court on paper other than 8 1/2" × 11" in size.

   (3)  No paper shall be filed in any office of the Court unless it is written in ink, clearly legible, printed, or typewritten with lines not closer than typewriting double spacing (except quotations); contains the caption of the proceeding, including the name and division of the Court, identifying case number, the names of the parties, the title of the proceeding and the name of the paper. All papers filed shall be endorsed with the name, address, telephone number and I.D. number of the attorney filing it or the name, address and telephone number of the party if there is no attorney. The caption of any paper filed subsequent to the initial pleading need only state the name of the first party on each side with an appropriate indication of the other parties.

   (4)  The use of bluebacks or other backing is not required.

   (5)  All papers and other documents shall be securely affixed at the top left corner.

   (6)  A proposed order shall accompany all petitions, motions or other requests for relief.

   (7)  No original documents shall be filed by electronic filing except by special leave of the Court.

   (8)  In the event the Court permits filing in accordance with subsection (a)(6), the party filing legal papers shall comply with Pa.R.C.P. 205.4.

Local Rule 205.2(b)--Cover Sheet for Initial Pleadings, Petitions and Motions.

COVER SHEET

   All papers constituting the initial pleadings shall have a cover sheet in substantially the following form:

COURT OF COMMON PLEAS OF CLEARFIELD COUNTY PENNSYLVANIA

CIVIL ACTION--(LAW) (EQUITY)

No. __________
Type of Case: __________
______
Plaintiff
Type of Pleading: __________
Filed on Behalf of:
VS.__________
(Plaintiff/Defendant)
______
Defendant
Counsel of Record for this Party:
__________
(Name of Attorney)
Supreme Court No.: __________
__________
(Firm name, if any)
__________
(Address)
__________
(Phone)
Dated: ______

Local Rule 206.1(a)--Petition. Content. Form.

   (1)  As used in this chapter, ''petition'' means:

   (A)  An application to open a default judgment or a judgment of non pros.

   (B)  A petition may also be used to bring before the Court any proper matter for which no other specific procedure is authorized or in which only a petition is prescribed as the authorized procedure for bringing such matter before the Court for disposition.

   NOTE:  A petition for relief from a judgment by confession is governed by Pa.R.C.P. Rule 2959. Motions are governed by Local Rule 208.1 et seq.

   (2)  A petition shall specify the relief sought and state the material facts which constitute the grounds therefor.

   (3)  A petition shall be divided into paragraphs numbered consecutively. Each paragraph shall contain as far as practicable only one material allegation.

   (4)  A petition shall be verified in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. 206.3.

   (5)  Except for emergency matters, no petition seeking ex parte action shall be considered by the Court unless the petition contains a certification by counsel for the moving party that concurrence in the petition has been sought from all opposing counsel and that such concurrence has been granted or denied. Where concurrence has been granted, the written concurrence of opposing counsel shall be attached to the petition. In the event a party is not represented, except in emergency matters, no petition seeking ex parte action shall be considered by the Court unless the petition contains a certification by counsel that prior notice of the contents of the petition and order and that counsel intends to present the petition and order to the Court for action has been given to the opposing party.

   (6)  All petitions, except those made in the course of trial or hearing, shall be in writing. All written petitions shall be signed by counsel and may be filed at any time during regular business hours with the prothonotary. Counsel's signature upon a petition shall constitute a certification that counsel has read the petition and that, to the best of counsel's knowledge, information and belief, it is supported by sufficient legal or factual grounds and that it is not interposed merely for delay. Except where counsel has presented the petition to the Court to secure an order, the prothonotary shall deliver daily a petitions list with accompanying petitions to the Court Administrator to monitor and assign to a judge.

   (7)  All petitions shall have affixed to the front of the petition a proposed order in accordance with Local Rule 206.4(c)(2) or (3).

   (8)  All petitions and answers thereto, shall comply with these provisions.

   (9)  Failure to comply with any provision of this rule may constitute sufficient grounds for the Court to dismiss the petition and/or deny any requested relief.

Local Rule 206.4(c)--Procedure on Rule to Show Cause.

   (1)  The procedure for issuing a rule to show cause shall be the procedure set forth in Pa.R.C.P. 206.6 and Local Rule 206.4(c).

   (2)  Upon filing of a petition, the prothonotary shall issue a rule to show cause where petitioner seeks only to direct respondent to file an answer. In such cases, the order shall only include sections c(1), (2), (3), and (6) as set forth in Pa.R.C.P. 206.6(c). The order for a rule to file an answer shall be as follows:

(CAPTION)

ORDER

   AND NOW, this ____ day of ______ , _____ , upon consideration of the foregoing petition, it is hereby ordered that:

   (1)  a rule is issued upon the respondent to show cause why the petitioner is not entitled to the relief requested;

   (2)  the respondent shall file an answer to the petition within twenty (20) days of service upon the respondent;

   (3)  the petition shall be decided under Pa.R.C.P. No. 206.7;

   (4)  notice of the entry of this order shall be provided to all parties by the petitioner.

NOTICE

   A PETITION HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST YOU IN COURT. IF YOU WISH TO DEFEND AGAINST THE MATTERS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING PETITION, YOU MUST ENTER A WRITTEN APPEARANCE PERSONALLY OR BY ATTORNEY AND FILE AN ANSWER IN WRITING WITH THE PROTHONOTARY SETTING FORTH YOUR DEFENSES OR OBJECTIONS TO THE MATTER SET FORTH AGAINST YOU AND SERVE A COPY ON THE ATTORNEY OR PERSON FILING THE PETITION. YOU ARE WARNED THAT IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO THE CASE MAY PROCEED WITHOUT YOU AND AN ORDER MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU BY THE COURT WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE FOR THE RELIEF REQUESTED BY THE PETITIONER. YOU MAY LOSE RIGHTS IMPORTANT TO YOU.

   YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET LEGAL HELP.

COURT ADMINISTRATOR
Clearfield County Courthouse
Second & Market Streets
Clearfield, PA 16830
(814) 765-2641, Ext. 50-51
 
BY THE COURT,
 
_________________

   (3)  The orders seeking relief from the Court other than the filing of an answer shall be as follows:

(CAPTION)

ORDER

   AND NOW, this ____ day of ______, _____ , upon consideration of the foregoing petition, it is hereby ordered that:

   (1)  a rule is issued upon the respondent to show cause why the petitioner is not entitled to the relief requested;

   (2)  __________
 
__________
 
(any special relief requested);

   (3)  the respondent shall file an answer to the petition within twenty (20) days of service upon the respondent;

   (4)  the petition shall be decided under Pa.R.C.P. No. 206.7;

   (5)  depositions shall be completed within _____ days of this date;

   (6)  an evidentiary hearing on disputed issues of material fact shall be held on ______ in Courtroom _____ of the Clearfield County Courthouse;

   (7)  notice of the entry of this order shall be provided to all parties by the petitioner.

NOTICE

   A PETITION HAS BEEN FILED AGAINST YOU IN COURT. IF YOU WISH TO DEFEND AGAINST THE MATTERS SET FORTH IN THE FOLLOWING PETITION, YOU MUST ENTER A WRITTEN APPEARANCE PERSONALLY OR BY ATTORNEY AND FILE AN ANSWER IN WRITING WITH THE PROTHONOTARY SETTING FORTH YOUR DEFENSES OR OBJECTIONS TO THE MATTER SET FORTH AGAINST YOU AND SERVE A COPY ON THE ATTORNEY OR PERSON FILING THE PETITION. YOU ARE WARNED THAT IF YOU FAIL TO DO SO THE CASE MAY PROCEED WITHOUT YOU AND AN ORDER MAY BE ENTERED AGAINST YOU BY THE COURT WITHOUT FURTHER NOTICE FOR THE RELIEF REQUESTED BY THE PETITIONER. YOU MAY LOSE RIGHTS IMPORTANT TO YOU.

   YOU SHOULD TAKE THIS PAPER TO YOUR LAWYER AT ONCE. IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A LAWYER OR CANNOT AFFORD ONE, GO TO OR TELEPHONE THE OFFICE SET FORTH BELOW TO FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET LEGAL HELP.

COURT ADMINISTRATOR
Clearfield County Courthouse
Second & Market Streets
Clearfield, PA 16830
(814) 765-2641, Ext. 50-51
 
BY THE COURT,
 
_________________
 

   (4)  The procedure for a petitioner's request for a stay of execution pending disposition of a petition to open a default judgment shall be as follows:

   (A)  Petitioner shall submit a petition to stay execution in addition to the petition to open a default judgment which shall set forth the reasons for seeking the stay, which shall include a description of the real and personal property being affected by the judgment.

   (B)  The Court shall enter such order as it considers appropriate as to the petition for stay at the time it enters the rule for an answer on the petition to open the default judgment, unless the exigency of the circumstances require the Court to act immediately to preserve the status quo.

   (C)  The Court shall require the petitioner to file a bond in such amount as it deems necessary to protect the rights of the judgment holder during the proceedings of the petition to open the default judgment.

   (D)  The Court may hold a hearing or status conference to determine the merits of the petition requesting a stay at the request of either the petitioner or the holder of the judgment which is the subject of the petition to open.

   (E)  In those cases where the petitioner requests a stay of execution pending disposition of a petition to open a default judgment, the stay shall be determined under the requirements of Pa.R.C.P. 3121.

   (5)  The moving party shall serve the petition on the respondent or his attorney in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. 440, except where the petition is original process where service shall be made under Pa.R.C.P. 400--405. After service, the moving party shall file a certificate of service within five (5) days of the service of the petition and order showing how the petition was served, and if by mail, the address of the respondent or his attorney to which the petition was directed.

   (6)  In the event no answer is filed within twenty (20) days of service of the petition, then the petitioner may praecipe the prothonotary, which praecipe shall contain a certification that no answer has been filed, and shall also include a proposed order. Upon receipt of the praecipe, the prothonotary shall forward the praecipe to the Court Administrator who shall deliver the praecipe together with certification and attached proposed order to the Court for the entry of the proposed order.

   (7)  The petitioner, in lieu of discovery, may request the Court to hold an evidentiary hearing as to the disputed issues of fact. In such instance the petition shall be decided on petition and answer and the testimony presented to the Court.

208.2(c)--Authority For Motions.

   All motions shall include a brief statement of the applicable statute, case, or procedural rule authorizing the grant of such relief.

208.2(d)--Certification as to Motions Generally.

   All motions shall contain a certification by counsel for the moving party that concurrence in the motion has been sought from all opposing counsel and that such concurrence has been granted or denied. Where concurrence has been granted, the written concurrence of opposing counsel shall be attached to the motion. Failure to comply with this provision shall constitute sufficient grounds for the Court to deny the motion.

208.2(e)--Certification As To Motions Regarding Discovery.

   All motions relating to discovery shall include a certification signed by counsel for the moving party certifying that counsel has conferred or attempted to confer with all interested parties in order to resolve the matter without Court action.

Local Rule 208.3(a)--Motions.

   1.  All motions shall:

   (A)  be in writing and be filed in the office of the prothonotary;

   (B)  contain a caption setting forth the name of the Court, the number of the action, the name of the motion, and the name of the moving party;

   (C)  be divided into paragraphs numbered consecutively;

   (D)  set forth with particularity material facts constituting grounds on which they are based, precisely state the relief being sought, and include a proposed order;

   (E)  include a certificate of service which sets forth the manner of service including the name of an attorney of record for each party that is represented by counsel, the party whom the attorney represents, a pro se designation for each party that is unrepresented, and the address at which service was made; and

   (F)  be signed and endorsed, indicating the signing attorney of record has read the motion and that, to the best of his or her knowledge, information and belief, there are good grounds to support such motion and it is not interposed merely for delay;

   (G)  a motion need not be verified unless verification is required by general rule governing the particular motion or by order of Court.

Local Rule 208.3(b)--Procedure As To Disposition Of Motion.

   (1)  All motions shall include a proposed order in the form set forth in 208.3(b)(5).

   (2)  For cause shown, any moving party may request expedited disposition of any motion filed with the prothonotary. If expedited disposition is requested, a praecipe shall be filed with the motion explaining the grounds for requesting such expedited disposition. Upon receipt of a praecipe for expedited disposition, the Court Administrator shall promptly notify the moving party of the judicial assignment. It shall be the responsibility of the moving party to arrange a teleconference among the judge and all other counsel interested in the subject of the motion within three (3) business days of the time the motion is presented.

   (3)  The praecipe required by subparagraph (A)(2) shall be substantially in the following form:

(CAPTION)

PRAECIPE

TO THE COURT ADMINISTRATOR:

   Expedited Disposition of attached motion is requested for the following reasons:
 
__________
 

__________
 

_________________
ATTORNEY FOR (Plaintiff or Defendant)

FOR COURT ADMINISTRATOR ACTION ONLY

____ MOTION OR PETITION ASSIGNED TO JUDGE
 

____ COUNSEL FOR MOVING PARTY NOTIFIED OF JUDICIAL ASSIGNMENT

   (4)  At the initial consideration of a motion, the Court may enter an order that:

   (A)  disposes of the motion, or

   (B)  sets forth the procedures the Court will use for deciding the motion which may include one or more of the following:

   (i)  the filing of initial or supplemental responses,

   (ii)  the filing of initial or supplemental briefs,

   (iii)  the filing of affidavits, depositions and the like,

   (iv)  the issuance of a rule to show cause pursuant to subdivision (b) of this rule,

   (v)  the holding of an evidentiary hearing, and

   (vi)  the entry of an order providing for any other procedure for developing the record.

   (5)  The order required by paragraph (1) shall be substantially in the following form:

(CAPTION)

ORDER

   AND NOW, this ____ day of ______ , _____ , upon consideration of the foregoing motion, it is hereby ordered that:

   (1)  a rule is issued upon the respondent to show cause why the moving party is not entitled to the relief requested;

   (2)  the respondent shall file an answer to the motion within _____ days of this date;

   (3)  the motion shall be decided under Pa.R.C.P. 206.7;

   (4)  depositions and all other discovery shall be completed within _____  day of this date;

   (5)  an evidentiary hearing on disputed issues of material fact shall be held on ______ , in the Clearfield County Courthouse, Clearfield, Pennsylvania, in Courtroom No. ____ ;

   (6)  argument shall be held on ______ , in Courtroom No. ____  of the Clearfield County Courthouse; and

   (7)  notice of the entry of this order shall be provided to all parties by the moving party.

BY THE COURT,
 
_________________

   (6)  The Court, upon its own initiative, may schedule an evidentiary hearing on disputed issues of material fact and may, in its discretion, provide for disposition of the matter on briefs, without the necessity of oral argument. In such instances, the Court shall establish a briefing schedule in its initial order.

   (7)  The Court, in its discretion, may permit forms of discovery other than depositions.

   (8)  The party obtaining the issuance of a rule to show cause shall forthwith serve a true and correct copy of the Court order entering the rule along with a copy of the underlying motion, upon each attorney of record and pro se parties in the manner prescribed by Pa.R.C.P. 440, except where the motion is original process where service shall be made under Pa.R.C.P. 400--405. An affidavit of service shall be filed within five (5) days from the date of the service of the motion and the order setting the rule with the prothonotary.

Local Rule 210--Submission and Form of Briefs.

   (1)  All briefs shall be lodged with the Court Administrator and a copy thereof served upon every other party.

   Note:  Briefs are not to be filed in the prothonotary's office or delivered directly to the Court.

   (2)  Briefs shall be typewritten or printed and double-spaced (except for quotations) on paper approximately 8-1/2 inches by 11 inches in size, and shall contain:

   (A)  A history of the case.

   (B)  A statement of the question or questions involved.

   (C)  A copy of, or reference to, the pertinent parts of any relevant document, report, recommendation, and order, portions of the relevant testimony involved with a reference to the transcript and page where it may be found.

   (D)  An argument with citations of the authority relied upon divided into as many sections as there are questions involved.

   (E)  A conclusion.

   (F)  Opinions of Court or Agency involved.

   (3)  Briefs shall be submitted to the Court in accordance with a schedule set by the Court upon request of either party. The moving party shall deliver a copy of the brief to the adverse party and file a copy with the Court Administrator in accordance with the schedule. The respondent shall deliver the brief to the moving party and file a copy with the Court Administrator in accordance with the schedule. No supplemental brief shall be filed except upon special allowance by the Court and within such time as the Court may direct.

   (4)  All counsel appearing in any other proceeding scheduled for hearing before the Court shall provide the Court with a brief or memorandum of law setting forth legal authorities relied upon. Such brief or memorandum of law shall be provided to the Court at the time of the hearing unless otherwise specified by these Local Rules or by Order of the Court.

   (5)  Informal Letter Briefs. Notwithstanding this Rule, the Court may in any case allow the parties to file an informal letter brief.

Local Rule 211--Briefing Schedule.

   Either party may file a praecipe with the prothonotary to direct the Court Administrator to establish a briefing schedule for petitions, motions, and special motions; arguments for preliminary objections and motions for judgment on pleadings; assign a case to a judge for further action; and to set dates for special hearings and pretrial matters generally. Upon receipt of the praecipe, the Prothonotary shall transmit the praecipe to the Court Administrator. The Court Administrator, after consultation with the president judge or where a judge has acted in a case after consultation with that judge, shall assign the matter to a judge and establish such schedule or date. The Court Administrator shall give written notice to all attorneys or pro se parties of the actions taken under this rule.

Local Rule 1028(c)--Preliminary Objections.

   (1)  Preliminary objections shall be filed with the prothonotary. At the time of filing such pleading with the prothonotary, the moving party shall also file a praecipe, pursuant to Local Rule 211, requesting the Court Administrator to schedule an argument date for consideration of the preliminary objections.

   (2)  In the event there are factual disputes arising from the preliminary objections and answers thereto, the procedure to be followed shall be as set forth in Local Rule 208.3(b).

   (3)  Disposition of a motion for preliminary objections shall be made after oral argument.

   (4)  In the event the Court determines that briefs shall be filed following argument on the preliminary objections, then it shall enter an order establishing a briefing schedule.

   (5)  The judge to whom the preliminary objections have been assigned for disposition may in the exercise of judicial discretion grant additional time to file briefs, require additional briefs to be filed, or make such other order as shall be appropriate for the disposition of the matter.

Local Rule 1034(a)--Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings.

   (1)  A motion for judgment on the pleadings shall be filed with the prothonotary. At the time of filing such motions with the prothonotary, the moving party shall also file a praecipe, pursuant to Local Rule 211, requesting the Court Administrator to assign the matter to a judge to schedule an argument date for consideration of the motion for judgment on the pleadings.

   (2)  Disposition of a motion for judgment on the pleadings shall be made after oral argument.

   (3)  In the event the Court determines that briefs shall be filed following argument on the motion for judgment on the pleadings, then it shall enter an order establishing a briefing schedule.

   (4)  The judge to whom the motion for judgment on the pleadings has been assigned for disposition may in the exercise of judicial discretion grant additional time to file briefs, require additional briefs to be filed, or make such other order as shall be appropriate for the disposition of the matter.

Local 1035.2(a)--Motion for Summary Judgment.

   (1)  A motion for summary judgment shall be filed with the prothonotary. At the time of filing such motions with the prothonotary, the moving party shall serve a copy of the motion on the other party or parties to the case who shall file a response and such affidavits or exhibits in accordance with Pa.R.C.P. 1035.3.

   (2)  Upon the filing of the response or in the event no response is filed within thirty (30) days of the service of the motion, either party may file a praecipe pursuant to Local Rule 211 requesting the Court Administrator to assign the matter to a judge to establish a briefing schedule and argument for consideration of the motion.

   (3)  Upon filing a motion for summary judgment, the moving party shall file a brief, pursuant to Local Rule 210, in accordance with the schedule established by the Court Administrator and shall serve a copy thereof upon all opposing counsel and any pro se party at their respective addresses of record. When filed, the brief shall be accompanied by a certificate indicating that such has been served upon the moving party.

   (4)  All parties who wish to contest a motion for summary judgment shall file a reply brief and a certificate such has been served on the moving party in accordance with the schedule established by the Court Administrator.

   (5)  Disposition of a motion for summary judgment shall be made after oral argument. The parties may agree to submit the matter on briefs only with appropriate notice to the Court Administrator of such agreement.

   (6)  The judge to whom a motion for summary judgment has been assigned for disposition may in the exercise of judicial discretion grant additional time to file briefs, require additional briefs to be filed, or make such other order as shall be appropriate for the disposition of the matter.

   (7)  Failure to comply with these provisions may be sufficient basis for the Court to deny the motion or deem such motion uncontested.

Local Rule 1005--Appellate Procedure from District Justices.

Service of Notice of Appeal and Other Documents
from Appeal from a District Justice Decision

   (1)  The Prothonotary shall require that in regard to any appeal from a District Justice civil decision that the appellant provide with the Notice of Appeal a stamped envelope, pre-addressed to the appellee, at the appellee's address as listed on the Complaint form filed in the office of the District Justice or as otherwise appearing in the records from that office, or the attorney of record, if any, of the appellee, as well as a stamped envelope, pre-addressed, to the District Justice in whose office the judgment was rendered. Copies of the Notice of Appeal, and Rule to File a Complaint pursuant to Rule of District Justice Procedure 1004B, if applicable, shall thereupon be mailed by the Prothonotary by first class mail to the appellee and District Justice.

   (2)  The Prothonotary shall note such service and any return thereof on the Court's docket.

   (3)  The Prothonotary shall not be required to file a Notice of Appeal to a District Justice judgment or verdict without the appellant providing the above described stamped and addressed envelopes for service purposes.

   (4)  At the conclusion of any District Justice civil case, upon rendering of the decision, the District Justice shall provide a copy of this Rule to the party against whom the judgment or verdict is rendered, with the same either being made when applicable by personal service or through the mail along with the notice of entry of judgment or verdict.

   (5)  Upon the Court of Common Pleas disposing of the appeal from a District Justice decision, the Prothonotary shall in all cases utilize the Common Pleas notification request form, prepared by the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts (being AOPC Form 729B-98 or any future revision of the same) in order to notify the District Justice of the result of the appeal. The Prothonotary shall also provide the District Justice a copy of the Court Order or document which is dispositive of the case.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-832. Filed for public inspection April 29, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]



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